Bremer honored for service to Senior Center Viola Bremer is greeted by her great-grandchildren, Jessica Johnson, 5, and Hope Johnson, 3, daughters of Brandi and Sheldon Johnson, Vermillion. by David Lias The woman largely responsible for the creation of the Senior Center in Vermillion was honored at the facility Saturday during a special breakfast.
Mayor Roger Kozak had already declared April 21 Viola Bremer Day in Vermillion. On Saturday, she was also honored by a proclamation delivered to Vermillion from Gov. Mike Rounds.
Young Moore III recalled that Bremer helped start the first Senior Center in Vermillion, located in the Methodist Church parlor.
"She stayed with it, helped create it, it moved to a house
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next to the United Church of Christ, and then later the city gave us this property (for the current center) and we found funds within the community to have it built," Moore said.
Bremer took on the challenging job of treasurer of the center during its development. She filled that role for 15 years. Earlier, in 1968, she created the steering committee that formed the center, and served as committee chair for 19 years.
She served on the center's executive board for 34 years, totaling 35 years of service.
Bremer's interest in forming a senior center in Vermillion grew during the 1960s as she realized that her parents and other older citizens of the community needed a place to gather and interact.
During Saturday's festivities, she said she is happy every time she visits the center to know that she helped play a part in making the facility a reality.
"Here's an individual who has spent her lifetime bringing sunshine to so many individuals," said Kozak. "So today is our chance to bring a little bit of sunshine back to Viola in the expression of thanks for all that she has done to make others so happy throughout the years."